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Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams (87) reaches for a pass against Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Sean Spence (51) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Maxx Williams

Williams was a sleeper pick for fantasy football owners last week after everyone assumed he would step in and take over for an injured Crockett Gillmore.  After all, Williams was the Ravens’ second round draft choice and Gillmore is 3rd on this team in targets so far with 10 (even after missing week 4).

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Things didn’t really go as planned.  Despite coming off a performance against the Bengals that saw him grab 4 of 7 targets for 44 yards and the expanded opportunity, Williams actually saw less targets (4) against the Steelers and grabbed only two of them for 17 yards.

Making matters worse, Williams split time with fellow rookie Nick Boyle, who also saw 4 targets, but did less with them (3 catches for 12 yards).  It was a full blown, surprise committee and a big letdown for fans who streamed Maxx into their lineups last week.

Will the trend continue?  It’s hard to say, but probably.  Unless Williams can step up and grab a hold of the job with a big play or nice performance, this will remain a time share.  And with Gillmore due back at some point, Williams’ opportunities will be even more limited.

Next: Nick Boyle

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